Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Airline Review : TigerAir
I did a 24 hour hop to Melbourne on my last trip back to Adelaide to see my lovely hubby who was visiting for the Lions rugby tour, and flew TigerAir for the first time.
I checked out comparison prices and Qantas wanted $560 for the return flight, whilst TigerAir only charged $160 (including all taxes, luggage etc.). That made the decision fairly clean cut. After all, it's only an hour flight over and back, Qantas has just gone mad with its pricing.
TigerAir is another airline that does what it says on the tin, they're cheap and they get you where you need to go. There's food available for purchase, though I didn't buy any on the short flight. I did see one guy purchase two Pot Noodles and scoff them down - no wonder he looked ill as we landed!
They land in Melbourne at a distant stand and there's a decent walk in the breeze to the terminal. Ah, suck in that potent combination of avgas, airline exhaust, ground tyre rubber and wind! The bulk of the walk is semi-undercover, but I don't think it'd be much fun in the rain.
You're allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage with a combined weight of 10kg. I knew I was over on the flight back, so loaded up my winter coat pockets with purse, phones, chargers, and anything else that would fit. I was still at 11.4kg, but they let me through (and then I speedily decanted everything right back into my bags - cheeky!).
One handy tip I discovered was that you can ask for an exit row on check-in (sometimes they appear to offer it, it's FREE) and people in exit rows board first. First. Before the massed ranks of passengers that have queued to board. So you can sit comfortably whilst everyone huddles by the boarding door, and then stroll over when they make the first boarding call - you go straight to the front of the line. WINNER!
On departure from Melbourne, you go to an old shed type area, not the normal airport departure area (look for the signs). It's not flash, but there are a few places offering awful coffee and a newsagency with papers and mags. There's not much sitting space, so I followed the lead of some other cheeky peeps and snaffled one of those body massage armchairs that you have to pay to get a massage from. Needless to say, I didn't drop any coins into the slot (neither did anyone else).
Fly TigerAir and use the money you've saved to go shopping!